Tech History

 

Computer used in Astrology

Paul Butler and Geoffrey Marcy announce to the American Astronomical Society that they had discovered two new planets using an unconventional computer technique to analyze the movement of stars.

Butler and Marcy let computers analyze spectrographic images of stars for eight years, looking for shifts in the light that would imply the stars are being pulled by the gravity of a planet. Then, on History January 17, 1996, Paul Butler and Geoffrey Marcy announced to the American Astronomical Society that they had discovered two new planets using their unconventional computer technique to analyze the movement of stars.

Tech History

January 3, 1977

Apple Computer Grows Up

Less than one year after its founding, the world’s first personal computer company, Apple Computer, Inc. is incorporated. Pictured is the original Apple Computer, Inc. logo from 1977. The “Rainbow Apple Logo” was used through 1999.

Apple sells a variety of computers:

Macs that are currently being sold are:

  • MacBook: Consumer ultra-thin, ultra-portable notebook, introduced in 2006 and relaunched in 2015.
  • MacBook Air: Consumer ultra-thin, ultra-portable notebook, introduced in 2008.
  • MacBook Pro: Professional notebook, introduced in 2006.
  • Mac Mini: Consumer sub-desktop computer, introduced in 2005.
  • iMac: Consumer all-in-one desktop computer, introduced in 1998.
  • Mac Pro: Workstation desktop computer, introduced in 2006.

Time History

December 26, 1982

Man of the Year

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Time Magazine awards its “Man of the Year” award to the personal computer, calling it “Machine of the Year,” the first non-human to receive the award since its creation in 1927. Describing the personal computer as 1982’s “greatest influence for good or evil,” the article titled “The Computer Moves In,” recognizes that the capabilities of the personal computer can be multiplied almost indefinitely by connecting it to a network of other computers, which can be used to access electronic databases or send electronic mail.Time stated, “There are some occasions, though, when the most significant force in a year’s news is not a single individual but a process, and a widespread recognition by a whole society that this process is changing the course of all other processes. That is why, after weighing the ebb and flow of events around the world, TIME has decided that 1982 is the year of the computer.”